N.C. Museum of History Wins 2012 AASLH Award of Merit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for the exhibit The Story of North Carolina. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in their 67th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. 

N.C. Museum of History in RaleighThis year, AASLH is proud to confer 59 national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, books and organizations. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history. Presentation of the awards will be made at a special banquet during the 2012 AASLH Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. The banquet is supported by a generous contribution from the History Channel.

The AASLH awards program was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and

local history throughout the United States. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards not only honor significant achievement in the field of state and local history, but also bring public recognition of the opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions, and programs to make contributions in this arena.

“The North Carolina Museum of History is honored to receive this award for its most important exhibit, The Story of North Carolina,” said Ken Howard. “Years of planning and many long hours of work by the museum staff have gone into creating this permanent and extensive exhibit on the state’s history. To have finally completed this exhibit and then receive this type of recognition is a proud moment in our museum’s own history.”

The Story of North Carolina is the largest exhibit ever produced at the N.C. Museum of History. The permanent exhibit traces life in North Carolina from its earliest inhabitants through the 20th century. More than 14,000 years of the state’s history unfold through fascinating artifacts, multimedia presentations, dioramas, and hands-on interactive components. Additionally, two full-size historic houses and several re-created environments immerse museum visitors in places where North Carolinians have lived and worked. Yet the heart of The Story of North Carolina focuses on the people — both well-known and everyday citizens — who shaped the Tar Heel State.

For further information about N.C. Museum of History, call (919) 807-7900 or find us on Facebook. To learn more about the Leadership in History Awards, contact AASLH at (615) 320-3203 or go to www.aaslh.org.